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Vegetarian to Lower Chutes Loop

Easy/Intermediate

Trail

4.8 mile 7.7 kilometer loop
100% Singletrack
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 309' 94 m
Descent: -309' -94 m
High: 5,337' 1,627 m
Low: 5,075' 1,547 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 8% (5°)

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Trail shared by Nick Wilder

The easiest loop ride in the area. Fun for beginners and a good introduction.

Nick Wilder

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Overview

This is a nice loop ride for beginners. It's not nearly as good as most other trails in the area, but it's easy and predictable. It might be 4 stars for a beginner but only 2 for experienced riders.

Need to Know

This one is best done clockwise - up Vegetarian Loop and down Chutes & Ladders.

Description

From the parking lot, head down the hill across the road to the Cow Pond 100 yards away, then continue east, up the side of the Cow Pond (most riders will turn north, towards the hills here). At the signed intersection on the far side of the pond, take Vegetarian Loop to the left.

Vegetarian Loop heads straight up a wash with a gentle incline almost the whole way. There is a short steeper climb near the end with a few rocks, but it's easily rideable by most. Advanced riders will find this stretch uninteresting: the scenery is not as good as other rides here, there are no features or even many turns.

You'll come to Down Uppity near the end of the climb. Down Uppity is a very fun twisty intermediate trail, and a good option for a shortened ride back to the parking lot.

But this section continues just a short way until you meet Lower Chutes & Ladders. Take a right turn and the fun turns way up. Head downhill for a while until you get to an unsigned Y intersection. Going right is a shortcut to the Edge Loop and the parking lot. Go left to stay on this trail. About a mile later you'll come to a road and fence. Go on the road for 50' and look for the trail to veer off the right along a fence line. Follow the fence line on the west side until you hit Edge Loop. This stretch is fast and fun with banked turns, swoops, and no surprises.

Take a right on the Edge Loop back to the parking lot on VERY fast and flowy trail. There are a few fun wash crossings with steep ups and downs, so keep a lookout for them as you fly down the trail.

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May 24, 2020
Zach Langsley Norman
May 2, 2020
Wyatt Till
Trail was dry but extremely rutted out due to cows+mud. Solid ride though. 4.8mi
Jun 3, 2019
Drew Gheen
Flat and fast 4.8mi — 0h 20m
Apr 7, 2019
Ryan E
Trail was in very bad shape. The cattle tracks have completely tore it up 4.7mi — 0h 58m
Jun 4, 2018
Vanessa Chancy Carter
May 19, 2018
john yasek
Apr 22, 2018
SailsToTheMoon MTB
Up Veg loop to Down Uppity and back to Edge to TH
Apr 21, 2018
Patrick Campbell

Trail Ratings

  2.9 from 12 votes

#2978

Overall
  2.9 from 12 votes
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Ride Rankings

#380

in Colorado

#2,978

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Photos

A great overview of the 18 Rd. trails in Fruita.
Oct 9, 2013 near Fruita, CO
Heading back to the top after PBR. Two mile trek uphill every time, thinking of a shuttle-ride.
Apr 6, 2016 near Fruita, CO
A fun fast section to finish out the Edge Loop.
Apr 25, 2013 near Fruita, CO
Fast and gentle curves through the cow pasture
Apr 1, 2013 near Fruita, CO
Chutes and Ladders |  SEPT 2017
Nov 10, 2018 near Fruita, CO
Lower Chutes & Ladders is gentle and straight as it nears the bottom of the trail system.
Apr 15, 2013 near Fruita, CO

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